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Previews

We take a look ahead at upcoming jazz events and festivals.

The Whaling City Sounds Off for JazzFest on June 15

While it’s best known as the gritty seaport where Ahab set sail on his voyage of revenge in Moby Dick, New Bedford, Mass. has developed some cultural chops these past two decades, and jazz is playing a part. Now in its eighth year, the New Bedford JazzFest is set for June 15 from 2 – 7 p.m. … Read More “The Whaling City Sounds Off for JazzFest on June 15”

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Special Preview: The Montreal Jazz Festival Turns 40

The largest jazz festival in the world—the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal—kicks off June 27, transforming Montreal’s downtown core into a massive venue spanning half a square mile, with nearly 30 outdoor and indoor stages. This mammoth 10-day musical feast will present 150 ticketed concerts and over 300 free outdoor shows, as a blend … Read More “Special Preview: The Montreal Jazz Festival Turns 40”

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DC JazzFest Adds Cassandra Wilson, Kenny Garrett, and Joshua Redman

Vocalist Cassandra Wilson, alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, and tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman have joined the lineup for the DC Jazz Festival’s closing concert set for Sunday, June 16 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Now celebrating 15 years as the mid-Atlantic’s only citywide jazz festival, the weeklong DC JazzFest presented by Events DC kicks off on June … Read More “DC JazzFest Adds Cassandra Wilson, Kenny Garrett, and Joshua Redman”

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Harlem Stage Presents Free Concert with Kendrick Scott, Attacca Quartet

Harlem Stage will celebrate the 7th Annual National Chamber Music Month with a performance from drummer Kendrick Scott’s Oracle ensemble and the Attacca Quartet on May 31.   Scott has toured and recorded with a wide array of artists, including Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Charles Lloyd, The Crusaders, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kurt Elling, and Terence Blanchard, on … Read More “Harlem Stage Presents Free Concert with Kendrick Scott, Attacca Quartet”

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Blue Note Jazz Cruise to Feature Marcus Miller, Joey DeFrancesco

The lineup for the 2020 Blue Note at Sea luxury cruise has just been announced featuring performances from over 75 musicians, including Kamasi Washington, Christian McBride, Joey DeFrancesco and more. The cruise sets sail from Miami, Fla., and makes stops throughout the Caribbean. Reservations are now being taken for the Jan. 25 – Feb. 1 … Read More “Blue Note Jazz Cruise to Feature Marcus Miller, Joey DeFrancesco”

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McCoy Tyner and Charles McPherson to Perform Together at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Pianist McCoy Tyner turned 80 in December and alto saxophonist Charles McPherson turns 80 in July. To mark both of their birthdays, these renowned musicians will team up on Apr. 5 and 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York to celebrate their life and work. Joining Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, … Read More “McCoy Tyner and Charles McPherson to Perform Together at Jazz at Lincoln Center”

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Roy Hargrove Musical Celebration Will Stream Live

If you’re not able to attend the Roy Hargrove Musical Celebration in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 8, take heart. Jazz at Lincoln Center announced today that the event will stream live in high-definition audio and video for free to a global audience. The concert, which will take place in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln … Read More “Roy Hargrove Musical Celebration Will Stream Live”

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Spoleto Festival USA Scheduled for May 24-June 9

The 43rd annual Spoleto Festival USA is scheduled to take place May 24 through June 9, 2019, in Charleston, S.C. The festival will feature more than 150 events, from opera to theater to music, with a particular emphasis on jazz. Wells Fargo Jazz, the festival’s jazz series, will showcase a wide variety of jazz musicians, … Read More “Spoleto Festival USA Scheduled for May 24-June 9”

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39th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival to Be Held March 3-9

The Sarasota Jazz Festival, now in its 39th year, will take place Sunday, Mar. 3 through Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019 in select venues throughout Sarasota, Fla., including the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The week-long festival will feature more than 120 performers and 48 events, up from just seven events in 2018. Clarinetist Ken Peplowski, the festival’s … Read More “39th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival to Be Held March 3-9”

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